Parents as Teachers

With a vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential, the work of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) evidence-based model is grounded in the following beliefs:

  • Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers
  • The early years of a child’s life are critical for optimal development
  • Established and emerging research should be the foundation of parent education
  • All young children and families deserve the same opportunities to succeed
  • An understanding and appreciation of the history and traditions of diverse cultures is essential in serving families

Program Model Components

The PAT model has four components that all affiliates are required to provide:(1) one-on-one personal (or home) visits with parent/caregiver and child, (2) group connections (or meetings), (3) health and developmental screenings for children, and (4) a resource network for families.

The PAT model is designed to serve families from pregnancy until age 5.

Target Population

PAT affiliate programs select the specific characteristics and eligibility criteria of the target population they plan to serve. Such eligibility criteria might include children with special needs, families at risk for child abuse, income-based criteria, teen parents, first-time parents, immigrant families, low literate families, or parents with mental health or substance abuse issues.

PAT Affiliates offer at least 10 to 12 home visits annually with additional visits added for families with high needs.

More Information

Wanda Corney, Arkansas Parents as Teacher State Manager
415 N. McKinley Suite 645
Little Rock, AR 72205
Office 501-364-5452

Parents as Teachers National Office
Toll-free telephone:1- 866-728-4928